Interim Assistant Department Head for Undergraduate Programs
Co-director of Virginia Tech Engineering Communication Center
Director of Materials Science & Engineering/Engineering Science & Mechanics Engineering Communications Program
608 McBryde Hall
(540) 231-6903 Fax
Office Hours Education Research Experience
Ph.D. English University of Wisconsin – Madison 1997 M.S. English Virginia Tech 1990 B.S. Chemical Engineering Virginia Tech 1986
|Title||Program||Start Date||End Date||Awarded Amount|
|A Mixed-Methods Study Of The Effects of First-Year Project Pedagogies on the Retention And Career Plans of Women in Engineering (Co-PI)||NSF: RES ON GENDER IN SCI & ENGIN||11/01/2009||08/31/2012||$488,000.00|
|Collaborative Research: Using Innovations in Cognitive Science to Monitor the Development of Design Thinking in Engineering Students||NSF ENGINEERING EDUCATION||09/01/2009||08/31/2012||$111,080.00|
|CAREER: An Exploration of Faculty Expertise and Student Learning in Capstone Experiences||NSF ENGINEERING EDUCATION||01/01/2009||12/31/2013 (est)||$405,308.00|
|Building Connections within the Engineering Education Research Community (Co-PI)||NSF ENGINEERING EDUCATION||5/1/2007||4/30/2009||$153,691.00|
|Preparing Engineering Students for the Challenges of Interdisiplinary Design Teams (Co-PI)||NSF ENGINEERING DIVERSITY ACTIVITIES, ENGINEERING EDUCATION||3/1/2007||2/28/2010||$475,475.00|
|Building Interdisciplinary Collaboration Skills Through a Green Engineering Capstone Design Experience||NSF CCLI - Phase I, S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH||1/1/2007||6/30/2009||$142,715.00|
|SGER: Facilitating Effective Communication in Interdisciplinary Design Teams (Co-PI)||NSF GRANT OPP FOR ACAD LIA W/ INDUS, ENGINEERING DESIGN||7/1/2006||12/31/2007||$100,000.00|
|Reformist Opportunities: A Study of Writing Program Partnerships (Co-PI)||Council of Writing Program Administrators||2006||2006||$2,000.00|
|Integrating and Assessing Professional Abilities and General Education in Engineering Curricula (Co-PI)||Virginia Tech Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (CEUT)||2006||2006||$5,000.00|
|Developing and Testing a Protocol for Using Departmental Advisory Boards to Assess Engineering Capstone Design Projects (Co-PI)||Virginia Tech Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (CEUT)||2006||2006||$5,500.00|
|Assessing Student Learning of Interdisciplinary Collaboration Skills: Laying the Foundation for a New Engineering-English Student Collaboration||Virginia Tech Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (CEUT)||2006||2006||$6,000.00|
|Information, Engagement, and Community: Teaching Professional Writing Online||Virginia Tech Center for Innovation in Learning||2000||2000||$35,150.00|
|Building the Core of a Professional Writing Program||Virginia Tech Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (CEUT)||2000||2000||$9,751.00|
- ENGE 5504: Practicum in Engineering Classroom
- ENGE 4984: SS:Design in Green Engr Rec II
- Engineering Professional Development
- Materials Science and Engineering Senior Design
- Engineering Science and Mechanics Senior Design
- Introduction to Technical Writing and Speaking for Chemical Engineers
- Creating User Documentation
- Writing for the Web
- Introduction to Professional Writing
- Technical Writing
- First-Year Composition Sequence
Assistant Professor Department of Engineering Education, Virginia Tech 2004-Present Co-Director Virginia Tech Center for Engineering Communication 2006 - present Director Materials Science & Engineering/Engineering Science & Mechanics Engineering Communications Program 2003 - present Assistant Department Chair Department of English, Virginia Tech 2002 - 2003 Assistant Director of Professional Writing Department of English, Virginia Tech 2002 - 2003 Instructor Department of English, Virginia Tech 1990-1992; 1999-2003 Director of Computer Assisted Composition Department of English, University of Wisconsin – Madison 1994 - 1995 Lecturer University of Wisconsin – Madison 1992- 1997 Instructor Department of Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech Summers 1988-89
- College of Engineering Outstanding New Assistant Professor (2008)
- Sporn Award (2008)
- Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Engineering Education (2006-Present)
- Undergraduate Program Development Committee, Engineering Science and Mechanics (2006-Present)
- Graduate Committee, Engineering Education (2004-2006)
- Faculty Search Committee, English (2005-2006)
- Strategic Planning Committee, Engineering Science and Mechanics (2005
- Faculty Search Committee, Engineering Education (2004-05)
- Faculty Search Committee, English (2004-05)
- ABET Assessment Committee, Materials Science (2003-Present)
- Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Materials Science (2003-Present)
- Recruitment Committee, Engineering Sci. and Mechanics (2003-2005)
- Publications Committee, Materials Science (2003-2004)
- Honorifics Committee, English (2003)
- First-Year Writing Committee, English (1999-2002)
- Professional Writing Committee, English (1999-2003)
- Advisory Committee, English (2000-2003)
- Student Advising (2000-present)
Honors and Awards
- XCaliber Certificate of Excellence for English 3764: Technical Writing Online. Virginia Tech Center for Innovation in Learning (2003)
Paretti, M.C., and L.D. McNair, “Communicating in Global Virtual Teams,” Handbook of Research on Virtual Workplaces and the New Nature of Business Practices, edited by Zemliansky, P., and St. Amant, K. Hershey, PA: Idea Group, 2008.
Paretti, M. C. (forthcoming, October 2008). Teaching Communication in Capstone Design: The Role of the Instructor in Situated Learning. Journal of Engineering Education.
McNair, L., M. Paretti, and A. Kakar*, “Case Study of Prior Knowledge: Expectations and Identity Construction in Interdisciplinary, Cross-Cultural Virtual Collaboration,” in special issue of International Journal of Engineering Education: Design and Engineering Education in a Flat World, edited by Clive Dym. Vol. 24, No. 2, 2008.
Paretti, M. C. and K. Powell, Eds. Assessing Writing. Association of Institutional Research. (forthcoming 2008).
Paretti, M.C., and L.D. McNair, Eds. Special Issue: IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication – Communication in Engineering Curricula. (forthcoming 2008).
Paretti, M.C. “When the Teacher is the Audience: Assignment Design and Assessment in the Absence of “Real” Readers.” in Teaching Audience: Theory and Practice. B. Fehler, E. Weiser, and A. Gonzalez, Eds. (forthcoming).
Paretti, M. C., & McNair, L. D. (2008 (forthcoming)). Communicating on Global Virtual Teams: Managing Complex Activity Systetms. In P. Zemliansky & K. St. Amant (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Virtual Workplaces and the New Nature of Business Practices. Hershey: Idea Group.
Paretti, M. C., McNair, L. D., & Holloway-Attaway, L. (2007). Teaching Technical Communication in an Era of Distributed Work: A Case Study of Collaboration Between U.S. and Swedish Students. Technical Communication Quarterly. 16.3: 327-352.
Paretti, M. C. (2006). Audience Awareness: Leveraging Problem-Based Learning to Teach Workplace Communication Practice. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 49(6), 189-198.
Paretti, M. C. (2003). Managing Nature/Empowering Decision-Makers: A Case Study of Forest Management Plans. Technical Communication Quarterly, 12(4), 439-459.
Paretti, M. C. (2000). Louise Glück. In C. Cucinella (Ed.), Contemporary American Women Poets: An A-Z Guide (pp. 148-153). Westport: Greenwood Press. 148-153.
Paretti, M. C. (1999). Intertextuality, Genres, and Basic Writers: Mining Your Own Texts. In K. Weiss, S. Fox & S. Greene (Eds.), Teaching Academic Literacy: The Uses of Teacher-Research in Developing a Writing Program. Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Paretti, M. C. (1993). My Speech Will Not Heal’: Exile and Silence in the Mother Tongue of Eavan Boland. Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 19(2), 54-66. Conference Proceedings
Paretti, M.C. “Talk About Texts: Teaching Communication in Capstone Design.” International Conference on Research in Engineering Education. Hawaii: June 2007.
McNair, L.D., M. C. Paretti, and A. Kakar*. Case Study of Prior Knowledge: Expectations and Identity Constructions in Interdisciplinary, Cross-cultural Virtual Collaboration. 2007 Mudd Design Workshop (forthcoming); submitted to International Journal of Engineering Education. *Graduate student.
Gloyd, M., Paretti, M. C., & Burgoyne, C. B. (2007 (forthcoming)). Project Management Skills: A Study of Students’ Prior Knowledge. American Society for Engineering Education Southeast Section Annual Conference, Louisville, KY. April 1-3
Paretti, M. C., McNair, L. D., & Burgoyne, C. B. (2006). Work in Progress: Pedagogies for Developing Cross-Cultural Communication Competencies in an Era of Virtual Collaboration. ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, San Diego, CA. October 28-31. Available at http://fie.engrng.pitt.edu/fie2006/papers/1376.pdf. S2C1-2
McNair, L. D., Paretti, M. C., Knott, M., & Wolfe, M. L. (2006). Work in Progress: Using e-Portfolio to Define, Teach, and Assess ABET Professional Skills. ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, San Diego, CA. October 28-31. Available at http://fie.engrng.pitt.edu/fie2006/papers/1782.pdf. T1J13-14